It's a great start. I'm sure you won't see the same kind of weird
play-calling in the NFL that we saw last year at BYU. Here are 2 ideas from the
NFL - 1) you drop a pass and you don't play, 2) better strengthening and
conditioning. Our guys just don't play with heart and toughness. Our
efforts vs. Utah and TCU the past few years have been pathetic.
I loved the two Media Day programs on BYUtv yesterday. Curtis Brown was
hilarious. Although the full 2013 schedule has not been announced, I get the
feeling that it will be improved over 2012, which is better than 2011, which was
better than 2010 and the MWC schedule.I like the idea of playing the
Utah State game as the last game of the year. It looks like Notre Dame will
also become a November game. With ESPN liking to put BYU on Thursday, it should
be easy to find someone to play on Thursday before conference to keep that
weekend free.I hope we continue to play Boise State, Hawaii, Utah
State, and Notre Dame every year (which I think we will). I also hope Utah has
a change of heart, and keeps the rivalry game intact. In spite of the
bitterness, this is one of the best rivalry games in college football. Sure
Utah has a slight edge recently, winning 7 of the last 12, but there have been
some spectular finishes on both sides. To be clear - neither teams
"needs" the other, but the fans on both sides deserve this game.
I think you need to check your facts Jeff Call, the title says that BYU spoke
with NFL teams. In reality they just spoke with the Raiders and Texans.
Regarding the Utah game, '"I don't know a good reason why we
wouldn't play. It makes no sense to me," Mendenhall said.' As
much as I like Coach Mendenhall, a "good reason" is subjective. I
understand Kyle Whittingham's desire to dumb down the season instead of
playing BYU. Although I don't agree with it, it is true that playing a
high-intensity game at the beginning of the season might be detrimental to
Utah's efforts in their conference season. And, if I might speculate, I
don't think it bothers Whittingham one iota that he has a chance to give
his team at least an appearance of having leverage after decades of being in
BYU's shadow. Even though the choice of Utah was clearly seen as a
consolation prize after Texas and friends stiffed them, the Pac-10 did Utah an
incredible favor in that regard. By the way, with regard to
dumbing down schedules, Gary Crowton did the same thing when he dropped a
home/home with LSU and tried to do the same with USC. Instead, BYU got beaten
twice by an on-the-rise Boise State.
It's ok. Utah is trying to make a name for themselves, and get out of the
shadow of BYU.
Cougar Passion,They are not dumbing down there schedule too much.
They have Michigan now in 2014-15. The Pac 10 now 12 did do us a favor, by not
inviting you. That was the best thing that could have happened. If you could go
ask Larry Scott or the PAc 12 Presidents, they would tell you that Utah was
always in. The knew that if they did get Texas, that Texas A&M was not going
to head west. They wanted the SEC. Stop with all this we were the 2nd choice.
Even if that were true, which it is not, at least we were a choice. You were not
chosen at all, and have yet to be chosen. You are the red headed step child of
the college football world. Your demands, and the fact that you cant give the
precious yBu TV, that no one really cares about, makes you arrogant and pretty
pathetic. Sweet, ESPN exposure, but no chance at winning a NC, getting to a BCS
game, or a high tier bowl. Great trade off.
"Cougars' coaches mining NFL teams for ideas"Well, it
seemed pretty clear to me during the last 'Holy War' that the
Indy-WACers were all out of ideas* by mid-September. So it looks like asking
around might not be such a bad idea. Even if it was just from Oakland and
Houston.** Other than loading up their schedules with the worst
teams in the WAC. But even at that, after this season, there won't BE a
WAC to dine on.